Project Partner: Parks Victoria

Project Date: Apr -Sep 2012

Funding: The Victorian Government through the Healthy Parks Healthy People Active in Parks Program, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation.

About the Project:
The Gurtji Narruk Youth Camp was held on the banks of the Murray River at the Dharnya Centre in Barmah National Park, in April 2012. The Yorta Yorta community invited a group of newly arrived migrants and refugees from Shepparton High School to attend the camp, with their own young people acting as cultural ambassadors. The camp used Aboriginal history and cultural as the basis to welcome these newly arrived young people, and their families, to Shepparton and to Yorta Yorta country. Over three days participants at the camp came together to share with each other their stories, history and culture. Storyscape facilitated a PhotoVoice workshop at the camp exploring identity through photography and storytelling. We also produced a short film that documents the camp, and the student’s performance that followed at the Emerge on the Goulburn Festival held in Shepparton.